Daniel Shor (born November 16, 1956) is an American veteran actor, director, writer, and teacher with a career spanning over 30 years. His most recognized roles include Ram in Tron (1982) and Billy the Kid in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).
Dan Shor in 2004
November 16, 1956
New York, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, director, writer|
Shor was born and raised in New York City. He attended McBurney School from the 6th through the 8th grade. His mother, who was an actress, died when he was 14. He graduated from Elisabeth Irwin High School (June 1974) and began at Northwestern University that fall. He studied at the University of California, Irvine, before returning to New York, where he landed the lead role of Alan Strang in the first national company of Equus.
While in London, Shor appeared alongside Nigel Planer in Ann Jellicoe's punk rock musical play The Sport Of My Mad Mad Mother at The Roundabout Theater. After leaving London for Los Angeles (due to his casting in the title role in the ABC mini-series Studs Lonigan), Shor produced (and reprised his role in) his own version of Jellicoe's play, changing the setting from London to New York. Three months later, the set from the production was used in Billy Idol's classic music video for the song "Dancing With Myself".
Shor's acting credits include Air Force One, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, Tron, Red Rock West, and John Huston's Wise Blood. Television films and mini-series include Friendly Fire, Elvis and the Colonel and The Blue and the Gray (for which Shor won a People's Choice Award). He was a series regular on Cagney and Lacey and several other television series as well as numerous guest star appearances including a Ferengi doctor on Star Trek: The Next Generation, a role he would reprise seven years later on Star Trek: Voyager. In 1983, Shor starred in the band Kansas' music video "Fight Fire with Fire" and made appearances in their "Everybody's My Friend" video. Stage appearances in Los Angeles and San Diego have garnered Shor eight Drama-Logue and LA Weekly performance awards.
Shor recently returned to the continental United States after having lived and worked in the Northern Mariana Islands of the Western Pacific since 2003. In addition to running his production company, "ShodaVision," he remains active in New York theater and was recently involved (as an actor) with the experimental conversational play "Outpost".
He has continued with stage work at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and at the Pittsburgh Public Theater.
In 1995, Shor directed for the LA Diversified Theater Company, a multi-cultural theater alliance. He directed the Ovation Award winning production of He Who Gets Slapped starring Bud Cort at the Hudson Theater, as well as productions at the LA Theater Center, Company of Angels, Court, Zephyr, Two Roads and LA Jewish theaters. His productions have been honored with more than thirty Dramalogue, Ovation and LA Weekly awards.
Shor's credits include two screenplays co-written with Czech film director Jiri Weiss. Shor has worked in videos and shows including "Life On Film: Rock", "Ecomaniacs", "State of Liberty", "Fish Out of Water" and over 30 short videos for the Saipan and Guam Visitors Channels. His recent work includes Bigfoot Entertainment and Fashion TV's reality show Screen Test. He also taught acting at the International Academy of Film and Television in Cebu, Philippines.
- Wise Blood (1979)
- Friendly Fire (1979)
- If Things Were Different (1980)
- Strange Behavior (1981)
- Back Roads (1981)
- Tron (1982)
- This Girl for Hire (1983)
- Strangers Kiss (1983)
- Strange Invaders (1983)
- Mike's Murder (1984)
- My Mother's Secret Life (1984)
- Talk to Me (1984)
- Black Moon Rising (1986)
- Mesmerized (1986)
- Daddy's Boys (1988)
- Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)
- Solar Crisis (1990)
- Red Rock West (1992)
- Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College (1993)
- Doppelganger (1993)
- Air Force One (1997)
- Night Train (1999)
- Passing Strangers (2009)
- Tron: Legacy (2011) (as Roy "Ram" Kleinberg in the extra "Tron: The Next Day", hinting to his possible appearance in another Tron film)
- My Angel My Hero (2011)
- Once Upon a Classic episode, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1978)
- Studs Lonigan (1979)
- A Rumor of War (1980) (Step One) (Knots Landing TV Series) (1980)
- The Boy Who Drank Too Much (1980)
- Cagney & Lacey (1982)
- The Blue and the Gray (1982)
- My Letter to George (1986)
- Murder, She Wrote (1988)
- Star Trek: The Next Generation (1989)
- thirtysomething (1989)
- Beauty and the Beast (1989)
- Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story (1993)
- Star Trek: Voyager (1996)
- Judging Amy (2000)
- The X Files (2002)
- "Actor Dan Shor talks with TV STORE ONLINE and his work on films like TRON, BILL and TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE and WISE BLOOD". TV Store Online. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- I attended school with him at UC Irvine. He was the lead in a graduate production of "The Homecoming" in 1978--Steven Gwynne
- "Outpost - Letter From Lesotho (HD)". NorcrossMedia.
- Meeks, Christopher. "Review: "He Who Gets Slapped"". Variety.
- Once Upon a Classic, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court on IMDb